Shirlena Swee Lian Huang

Years of Stay at HYI: 
Sep 1982 to Dec 1985

Shirlena Huang is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore where she was previously its Head of Department, 2004/05-2010/11.  Currently she serves as Vice-Dean (Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS.  She also serves as Regional Editor (Asia) of Women’s Studies International Forum and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Population Research and the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.  She is also the Southeast Asian representative on the Steering Committee of the International Geographical Union’s Geography and Gender Commission. 

One key aspect of her research interests focuses on gender and transnational migration (particularly as related to labour and the family) within the Asia-Pacific region.  Within this strand of research, she has published widely on the issues of foreign domestic workers as well as the 'Asian' transnational family.

Arising from her other area of research on urban conservation and heritage issues within Singapore, Shirlena currently serves as a member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore’s Conservation Advisory Panel.